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Free Mining Course to be won in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:16

Underground Training Systems is happy to announce our new competition to win a place on one of our next mining courses. With the help of the good people at the Jobs in mining facebook page we are offering 1 free place in our next 4 courses to be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. All people have to do to enter is to go to the Jobs in Mining page and post why they want to become a Hardrock Underground Miner. The people at Jobs in Mining will choose the winner for each city and the first one is happening in Melbourne this weekend 19-21 October.

The course is in Hardrock underground mining and was written by a panel of Ticketed WA Shift Supervisors to offer the general public a chance to learn the skills required to become a Hardrock underground miner. This is an area of the mining industry that is still hiring new starters as old mines are bought back on line. The Australian Mines and Metals Association estimates job vacancies in the resources sector could surge to 15,000 vacancies within the next year and most people planning to capitalise on the skills shortage can’t successfully make the transition because they don’t have the basic knowledge of how a mine actually works. Familiarisation is the key and basic pre-employment training teaching you about the mine is a good way to boost work-readiness and attractiveness to prospective employers in the Hardrock Underground Mining Industry.

Case study: Former Gold Coast Builder, 45 year Old, Neil Bell has made the transition into the mining industry due to a dwindling commercial climate, after more than 20 years in the construction industry.

“I had a building and roofing company working on the Gold Coast and throughout the Brisbane area. I employed 20 people, but things really tightened up. It was getting harder to get contracts and money was getting really tight.

“I really wanted to move into the mining industry so I made the decision do some mining specific training to give me the best chance of getting a job.” He says

Neil made the transition into the industry following the completion of the Introduction to Underground Mining Course, which gave him the knowledge to get in front of potential employers. He began work at the end of 2011 as a truck driver with mining contractor Barminco, at Mt Isa in Queensland.

“I stared on $98,000 driving a truck, but moved to $110,000 pretty quickly and I expect that I will be moving to around $130,000 by the end of 2012 as I progress in the hierarchy.

“I have a five year plan to become a shift boss, which is a senior role. That would generally attract up to $180,000 a year – but I know guys who are working internationally as shift bosses who will start on $400,000. So there are massive opportunities out there in Hardrock Underground Mining – but you need to be prepared.” Said Neil


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